Tagaytay – a momentary escape…

Typical summer temperature in Philippines is 34 degree Celsius but it sometimes rises to 37 degree Celsius. I, Lhia and Tina decided to go to Tagaytay and I tag my mom and lola along for a momentary escape from the summer heat in Manila.

Tagaytay City

Tagaytay is a high altitude city in Cavite that overlooks Taal Volcano and is relatively close to Manila. It is said to be 55 km away from the Capital City but it took us almost 4 hours to go there for not taking the route via Aguinaldo highway.

Leslie's Restaurant

food at leslie's

When we reached Tagaytay, we were disappointed that the temperature is as hot as Manila.

We spent the day with a lunch feast at Leslie’s Restaurant. They are known for their Bulalo Special, that is so tasty and the meat is so tender. I find their Ginisang Kangkong exceptional and their version of Bicol Express is not bad as well. Prices of the food varies from P200 – P600.

I can’t think of anything else to beat Tagaytay summer heat than by chilling with at Starbucks.

the group at Leslie's

view from Starbucks

After a few days, I went back to Tagaytay again; not because I’m still hoping for cool breeze like before but because I really want to climb the Taal Volcano.

I just don’t want to procastinate since I have other places to visit on my next vacation. My childhood friend Jayson who knows my eagerness to climb Taal accompanied me.

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We experienced a lot of hassles in transportation before reaching the volcano island. There are no other tourists in the boat terminal, the boat man was asking for P2,000 to go to the island but we bargain and agreed with P1,500.

Before starting the trek, Tourism fee of 50 pesos should be paid to the tourism office. Lazy tourists can rent horses if they don’t want to climb the volcano by feet. Actually most of them are lazy, lol. There are a few ones (mostly Caucasians) who are patient enough to climb it by feet like us.

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I can feel sweat all over my body, the road is a flatten dirt and soil and horses’ wastes are everywhere but thank god there are shower rooms available in the island.

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In the climb, I discovered something interesting. The Volcano Island is consists of different overlapping cones and craters of which forty-seven have been identified. The tourist spot – the one we climbed is not even the main crater.

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We didn’t climb all the way up after resting in a small Nipa Hut. We ran out of water and time as the boat driver only gave us 2 and a half hours to climb up and down. It was a good adventure but it’s something I’m not eager to do again unless if it’s by riding a horse or climbing it at twilight for a good color of the sky when I take photos.

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